Friday, May 23, 2008

Indy-vidual cocktails for the holiday

Fully recognizing that this is NASCAR country, the Midwesterner in me feels compelled to point out that the great American car race -- The Indianapolis 500 -- is this weekend. The race, complete wiht its milk bath at the end for the winner, is an American icon. (It's also the only reason we'd have for not trying to trade flat, character-free Indiana to Canada in return for Nova Scotia.)

For Indy week, here are some cocktail recipes that might get your Memorial Day cookout into a higher gear.

In case you are working on anything regarding the Indy 500...Limoncé was just chosen to be used in two of the official Indy 500 Victory Banquet cocktails: Pit Lane Lemonade and Winners Choice (recipes below). Sorry for the short notice, but this was all just confirmed….

Curtis Parker, mixologist of Mudsocks Bar & Grill, was asked to come up with the official Indy 500 cocktails and chose award-winning Limoncé Limoncello because of its fresh citrus flavor and bright color which also plays up the victory party’s yellow theme this year.

Pit Lane Lemonade
Created by Curtis Parker, Mixologist/Bar Manager, Mudsocks Bar & Grill, Noblesville, IN
1oz Limoncé Limoncello
1 oz Grey Goose Vodka
3 oz fresh lemonade
Lemon wheel – garnish

In a shaker filled with ice mix Limoncé, vodka, and fresh lemonade. Coat the rim of a tall rocks glass with yellow sugar and pour mixture from shaker to glass (ice included). Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Winner's Choice
Created by Curtis Parker, Mixologist/Bar Manager, Mudsocks Bar & Grill, Noblesville, IN
1.5 oz Limoncé Limoncello
1 oz Stella Citrus Gin
1 oz fresh lemonade
1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
Lemon twist – garnish

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a tall rocks glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Please let me know if I can get you any additional information regarding the cocktails or perhaps a sample of Limoncé so you can mix up your own winning cocktail this weekend. Images from the Indy 500 Victory Banquet will be available early next week and we may be able to offer pictures of the cocktails ahead of time.

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